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Startzville Named a “Leader in Me”


Canyon Lake’s Startzville Elementary School earned a “Leader in Me” Lighthouse School designation on May 24, becoming just one of 403 schools worldwide to achieve this status.

The Leader in Me is FranklinCovey’s “whole school transformation process,” teaching 21st-century leadership and life skills to students.

The idea behind the program is to create a culture of student empowerment.

“This is a major accomplishment,” says Valerie Lynn Visser with Comal ISD Council of PTAs.

Steps Startzville took to win the award include:

1. Implementing a few key initiatives focused on engaging students, staff parents, and community members in the school’s leadership model.

2. Incorporating music, art, and technology into the school and campus environment that reinforce individual worth and leadership principles.

3. When developing lesson plans, integrating teachable moments for reinforcing leadership principles and tools.

4. Creating leadership roles for every student in every classroom.

5. Every nine weeks, parents participated in a family project that focuses on one of the “7 Habits.”

6. Equiping students with a Data Notebook and leadership tools to set and track academic and personal goals.

7. Holding a Leadership Day and inviting parents, business partners, and educators from other schools and districts to come learn about the school’s leadership model.



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